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4. Billy Rolle

Though Billy Rolle might not immediately jump out to you, his impact on South Florida's music and diversity will outlive us all. Along with his wife, the late educator Frankie Rolle who passed earlier this year, Billy was among the key figures in establishing the famous Coconut Grove Goombay Festival. He was an active musician during the '80s with his orchestra, performing at numerous cultural events throughout South Florida. A soulful saxophonist, he was one of the Grove's hidden gems and one of Overtown's hardest-working musicians before the neighborhood was destroyed in the name of I-95. He passed away in 1998.

3. Bob Grabowski

A bassist, writer, photographer, and radio personality, Robert "Be-Bob" Grabowski is also a 20-plus-year veteran of Florida International University's music faculty. For all of Grabowski's accomplishments, though, he might be best known for having been unceremoniously fired by WLRN in 2010 after criticizing the replacement of legendary jazz radio personality Len Pace with an automated feed.

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